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>>> good morning, once again. thank you for joining us. it is 6:00 on this monday morning, september 20. i'm alison starling. we'll have your traffic and weather straight ahead. >>> first we want to tell you some schools in ann arundel county will be closed this morning. chesapeake high, chesapeake bay middle, and folger mckinsey elementary will be closed today because of a broken water pipe. >>> let's check in with meteorologist adam caskey. he's checking in with the latest on a nice monday and tuesday, and then, what, a return to summer? >> yes, we will return to summer-like conditions when it is officially autumn. the first full day of fall is thursday, and at that point we'll be up to 90 degrees. we're in the 60's for the most part. kensington district heights at 66. 85 the high temperature yesterday at reagan national. 7 degrees above average for this time of year. the average high 78. near 80 downtown. look at the record temperature, 94 set back in 1895. local high pressure overhead. that gives us a sinking motion in the atmosphere. just a few high, thin clouds. uppe
. >> he was driving a police cruiser and at this point, investigators are telling us it appears is shaping have to be purely a tragic accident on a dark prince george's county road. >> news choppers 7 was over had as detectives worked the scene where prince george's county police cruiser driven by an off- duty officer heading to work this truck ron burgess -- struck ron burgess this morning. >> i knew he had gotten ya by a car. >> verges was walking to a postage facility. he had been a mail handler since 1995. >> it was fairly dark outside this morning and the pedestrian had on dark clothing and was not in the crosswalk. >> made -- and neighbors said he often drove to work and had not heard about this morning's at -- accident. >> mmm-mmm, this is really shocking. >> the investigation into this accident is continuing at this point. investigators were able to say that speed and alcohol were not factors in this crash. as for the officer, he remains on duty, but will be off for the next several days. >> in fairfax county, a construction flight has been recovered after a car hit id -- construct
respond. >> young people who hang out in front of 1200 north cabral told us a driver and a white van pulled up and promised them temporary campaign jobs if they went to this early voting site and voted for the mayor. some had to register, and voted for fenty, but the jobs never came through. >> they just write to us for a vote and never contacted us for a job. >> mayor fendi said there was no way to investigate such an allegation without more information. today the mayor did not identify the driver. >> every once in awhile in running a big organization, some won't will do something that is counter to the training. there will be personnel action taken is something untoward was done. >> that might have stepped outside the ethical rules to be able to meet their quotas. >> we ask if attorneys were also questioning the young people were making the allegations. >> has anyone called do? >> no one at all. >> the mayor is in a tough fight for reelection and greeted voters after another mayoral election. >> we appreciate your bringing the information to us, but this was not someone who eit
know so far. mike, what can you tell us? >> good morning, pamela. well, the smell of smoke is still in the air after this massive fire in manassas. to give you an idea how much smoke and ash is still in the air. news chopper 7 captured dramatic pictures from this manassas subdivision. neighbors called 911 when they saw the smoke, and moments later they saw the house was engulfed in flames. firefighters from manassas and prince william county, they say high winds caused burning embers to jump from one house to the next. firefighters were able to knock down the houses, but after that, there was little left. and with such dry conditions, firefighters did remain on scene . every 15 or 20 minutes that they have gone through the different parts of these homes and knocked down hot spots and embers using their hose, the red cross and emergency management are assisting the displaced families. that's the latest from manassas. >> ok, mike. thank you. >>> investigators are still trying to determine what caused a fire that killed a mother and two of her children. 24-year-old alli anderson and he
's biggest banks using on scene threats, racist taunts. brian ross confronts the bank's chairman. >>> political theater. stephen colbert on capitol hill to highlight a serious issue. but did it serve his cause? >>> hostage drama. robbers kidnap a florida bank teller, strap a bomb to his chest, then use him as a weapon to get the money. >>> vintage baseball. the only video of what may be the greatest game ever played, socked away for 50 years in bing crosby's wine cellar. >>> and children's crusader. our troubled schools need a super hero, and we found one. he's our "person of the week." >>> good evening. the phone calls were ugly and harrowing. they came early in the morning, late at night, over and over again. in these tough times, it may be no surprise that debt collectors calls are the country's top consumer complaint, but these one crossed all boundaries of decency. racist, pornographic, even targeting someone who owed nothing. tonight, our investigation has found the callers behind these vile shakedowns were hired by a company working for one of america's banking giants. bri
, washington. it is friday. we're glad to have you with us. >> absolutely. we begin with your traffic and weather every 10 minutes. we'll check in with lisa and get the traffic in just a moment but first our meteorologist adam caskey, it feels nice and refreshing. >> yes. keep the windows open. not all the way because then it might get a little chilly. another comfortable morning. it is going to be abgreat afternoon as well. some rain in the forecast by sunday. we could use the showers. benton elementary, 62. temple hills at 59. mostly patchy afternoon clouds. lots of sunshine on our saturday. near 80 degrees. midday sunday, some rain and then late-day clearing. >> county police and the transportation department tell us the only thing blocked is eastbound on university and dennis. the right lane blocked. there was a utility pole knocked down there overnight. overnight construction on the beltway in virginia and tysons and the outer loop should be cleared. 95 south, the construction should be cleared out of the way as well. >> thank you. we're following a developing story now from cali
be moved? the pastor joins us with his take. >>> coming home. iran agrees to release one of the american hikers, now facing a serious cancer scare. what it means for the other two hikers still hoping to come home. >>> and music superstars take broadway. the stars of u2 sput their spin on "spider-man." one of the most-anticipated musicals ever. we'll talk to bono and the edge and get a look at the show everyone is talking about. >>> and good morning, everyone. george, i just can't imagine, just as families were sitting down to dinner, that explosion hit in that suburb, about 6:30. and police say a gas line erupted into a massive fireball that shot 1,000 feet into the air. leaving a giant crater smackdab in the middle of the neighborhood. >> eyewitnesss a quarter-mile away say they felt it. and residents in the neighborhood, said there had been concerned about the gas for some time. >>> but there's a lot of confusion and frustration this morning about what is going on with that florida pastor who had threatened to burn the koran tomorrow on the anniversary of 9/11. had a dramatic press con
. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is on the front line. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here, because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> some of us more recently than others. >> just one year ago,
morning washington." we are glad you are joining us. i'm alison starling. we'll have traffic and weather in just a moment. first, a quick heats up for students in ann arundel county. chesapeake high, chesapeake bay middle, and folger mckinley elementary will be closed due to a broken water pipe. >>> now time for traffic and weather. adam caskey has the first check on the forecast. we had a gorgeous weekend, adam. maybe we can hang on to that. >> high temperatures in the upper 70's yesterday. the average high temperature is 78. we run a little above average. today will be a little cooler and closer to normal. right now we're in the 60's, which is above average for morning temperatures. our average low is 61 at reagan national. 68 in springfield. hamilton 65. culpeper at 65 degrees. temperatures will likely drop a couple more degrees before the sun comes up at 6 cht 54 -- 6:54 a.m. north wind at 5 to 15. we'll drop the humidity throughout the day today. it's 5:01. let's go to lisa. >>> it has been smooth on the outer loop of the beltway. construction barrels should be on the sh
. but this time, she has sarah palin. >> hi. this is governor sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell for u.s. senate this tuesday. >> reporter: o'donnell is up against one of delaware's most popular political figures, congressman mike castle. republican leaders think he is their only chance of winning joe biden's old senate seat. >> if she were, by some miracle to be our nominee, we would lose this seat and lose it by unprecedented numbers. >> reporter: castle has won 11 strait-wide elections in heavily-democratic delaware. in part because he is a proportion rights, pro-gun control moderate, who works with democrats. that's exactly why tea party activists don't like him. >> the republican party has lost its way. they get behind candidates like my opponent, who don't even support the republican platform. who continue to support the democrats' agenda, lock, step and barrel. >> high-stakes. we're here at the smart screen to look at the state of the overall race. let's begin with the senate right now. the magic number for republicans in the senate. they now hold 41 senate seats. they need ten to
. the warnings flew in from afghanistan, where the u.s. commander told our martha raddatz that while he supports first amendment rights, this -- >> could nonetheless endanger the lives of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of follow citizens who are deployed around the world. >> reporter: where there was fiery reaction. in pakistan, they burned flags, and effigies of pastor jones. across the border in afghanistan, more flag burns and protesters chanted "death to the christians." insurgents there are circulating leaflets calling on muslims to raise your voices and fight together. iraq's president warned the burning would encourage more violence. and to hend that off, even donald trump stepped in to buy stake in the islamic cultural center. but late tonight there is great uncertainty about what was promised and who is to be believed. and diane, there is yet another twist here. just a few moments ago, pastor jones came out here, telling us he'd be lied to. that he was guaranteed the cultural center would be moved. that appears not to be the case. and so this controversy will continue. diane?
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, churning up 40-foot waves. now that rough surf is moving to the u.s. as igor moves up atlantic. full details straight ahead. >>> a new republican taking center stage. indiana congressman mike pence a surprise winner, he beat out newt gingrich, mitt romney, even sarah palin. will he run for president? what do you think about the latest of the christine o'donnell dabbling in witchcraft. we'll talk to him live in just a moment. >> he is coming up. >>> as in the next half hour, we have a major announcement. we're launching a search for the newest member of the "gma" family. anyone can apply. >> our version of "dear abby." >> that's it. >>> we look to hurricane igor. david kerley is some bermuda. >> reporter: hey, george, this is igor right now, it is so big, so massive, the tropical storm winds are going to continue through most of the day. the island getting hammered. the good news, it came ashore, apparently no fatalities. igor, howling through the streets. while igor may be a category 1 as it hits bermuda. this is a massive storm with heavy winds and the storm wall will pound the isla
, where the passengers on flight 93, believed to be on-target to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house. >>> and this takes place against a highly-politicized backdrop. pastor terry jones, who was calling on a burn for korans today, is now in new york city. he's planned to meet with the imam who is in charge of the islamic cultural center near ground zero. and there's been angry street protests, over the koran burning. raising the question if the damage has been done anyway. our martha raddatz is over in afghanistan this morning. we're going to go to her in a moment. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it's been the site of protests over the proposed mosque. and today will be no exception. but there will also be memorials. john berman is there. good morning, john. >> reporter: it's a beautiful morning here in new york, just as it was nine years ago, as many people remember. there will be the solemn ceremonies. but also today, also controversy. the dueling demonstrations. and now, the arrival of that pastor from florida. >> you had a lot to say before. >> reporter: not a lot o
. their answers did surprise us. >> it's a fascinating story. i'm spited to see that. >>> and who says there's no more true passion in politics? check this guy out. >> if it ends tonight, i promise each and every person in this room, i will hit the ground running, come out swinging, and end up winning! >> that's phil davidson. he was running for county treasurer in ohio. he gave that rather lively campaign speech. it was posted on youtube. now he's got half a million hits. he's here live this morning. and he's much mellower than you might think. he's got a good sense of humor. we'll talk to him live na few minutes. >>> we're going to start with another about face from iran. they said they'll release the woman being held there with her two friends. her lawyer says she'll be released in two to three days. our jim sciutto has been following this all along. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a few days of enormous whiplash for sarah shourd's family. she was to be released, then friday, news that the release was canceled. now, something in between. she'll be released on bail, $500,000
of transportation calls it a distracted driving epidemic. >> everybody thinks they can use their cell phone and drive and drive safely, and you can't. >> reporter: new government numbers show distracted driving last year killed nearly 5,500 people. and injured nearly 500,000. the grim toll despite hard-hitting public service announcements. tough new state laws. what will it take to make a dent? russell and kimberly hurd have been asking that since their daughter heather died while driving to meet her wedding planner. >> we were very, very angry. we could not believe our daughter could be taken from us by somebody who was texting. >> reporter: they say what's needed is a change in attitude. >> we want you to turn the cell phone off. we're living proof that in three or four seconds, your entire life can change. and certainly we'll never be the same again. >> reporter: the hurds say distracted driving must become as unacceptable as drunk driving. they have also pushed for tough laws, bans on texting and cell phones while driving. but they say ultimately, they hope stories like theirs will caus
crackdown. dr. richard besser explores the way kids are using cough medicine to get high. >>> and, what a special delivery. a baby girl, just born to one of the trapped miners in chile. the name they gave her says so much. >>> good evening. for for 410 days, a 32-year-old american woman was imprisoned in iran. a hiker charged as a spy while her mother, nora, waited and prayed. well, tonight, sarah shourd is coming home, free. amid questions about her health, and the fate of the young americans left behind. one of them, her fiance. our jim sciutto has traveled to iran eight times and he's been following the story from the start. jim? >> reporter: well, diane, her detention became a powerful symbol of the wider standoff between the u.s. and iran, and after several false starts and doubts up to the very last minute, she finally has her freedom. for sarah shourd, 14 months behind bars ended with a joyful reunion with her mother. earlier, she left the tehran prison where she had been held in solitary con foinment for the spotlight and a fright to the persian gulf nation of oman. >> i'm very
. >> they call us wacky. they call us wing nuts. >> delaware republican party chairman tom ross joins george will, peter beinart of "the daily beast" and david sanger of "the new york times" to analyze what the tea party means to the republican party and their chances at the midterms in november. all of this on our roundtable and "the sunday funnies." >> the democrats are already attacking o'donnell. they're calling her the sarah palin of the east and i'm like really. she's an emotionally unstable woman from delaware. that's not sarah palin. that's joe biden. >>> standing here outside the walls to jerusalem's old city, we witnessed some intense negotiations between israeli and palestinian leaders who have got down to the core issues, for instance, security and settlements, issues that have eluded their predecessors for more than 60 years. but looming over these talks is a deadline at the end of this month. israel's self-imposed moratorium on building settlements. now, publicly the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says that israel cannot extend the moratorium. president abbas of the pales
. the iranian president calls the terror attacks a cover-up. sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight, as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her on. why the cheers ended with charges of abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? why the children's show pulled the plug on katy perry's appearance. is it the kids? or the parents? >> there's a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night. when i told the girls that elmo and grover will be here to talk about that story, they cheered. harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot 06 ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after flooding in wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then, there's a new tropical storm that could be heading toward the gulf. it's expected
. the average high is 78 degrees. and the record high is 94, set back in 1895. long-standing record for us today. about 80 degrees for the high temperatures. upper 70's in the outliing suburbs. now back to lisa at 4:42. >>> what a wonderful drive it is around the beltway. they will clear construction by the time you get to andrew's air force base. 95, northbound, good, and 395, good. nothing at reagan or dulles. good on 270. good on i-70, and the beltway in maryland looks quiet. alison starling? >> thank you, lisa. >>> coming up, hurricane igor is weak but still wet, and now it is bringing heavy rains to bermuda. >>> an american just released from iranian prison says she feels just 1/3 free. i'm emily smith in  >>> good morning. 4:45 is your time. the ramp from 123 to westbound route 7 is closed. drivers can get to route 7 from 123 villa frontage road. this new traffic pattern will be in place until the end of the year. >>> redskins fans are struggling to come to the -- come to grips with the loss against texas yesterday. the redskins face st. louis next week. >>> unless the supreme court
to middle east peace. and struggles to find a voice on the economy. >> can you guys still hear us? >> analysis from the "roundtable" with george will, thomas friedman. paul krugman, and mary jordan. >>> and "the sunday funnies." >> it's labor day. one day a year, we honor our workforce. do we still have a workforce? i don't know. do we? >>> today marks a new beginning for "this week." through our partnership with the bbc, we're delighted that as of now, this program is being broadcast globally in more than 200 countries. we begin with one of the most polarizing figures on the international stage, tony blair. this week, the former british prime minister released his memoir, "a journey" and we sat down for his first north american interview. during ten tumultuous years -- at the center of world events, the iraq war is his most controversial legacy. this week, anti-war protesters showed up in force in dublin at the former prime minister's book signing. as well as taking his country to war in iraq and afghanistan, his interventions in kosovo, sierra leone. and northern ireland brought
offer of resumed dialogue was rebuffed, so, what does this mean for the u.s. attempt to curb iran's nuclear ambitions? jake tapper was following all this drama today. good evening, jake. >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, ahmadinejad made comments promoting conspiracy theories about 9/11, and a white house source tells abc news president obama found those theories deeply offensive, and all the more inappropriate to have been made so close to where the world trade center once stood. in his speech to the united nations today, the president underlined that he wants to end the conflict with iran through peaceful means. >> the united states and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with iran. and the door remains open to diplomacy, should iran choose to walk through it. >> reporter: but just a few hours later, the iranian president seemed to slam that door shut. president ahmadinejad questioned the facts about the 9/11 attacks, referring to a coverup. he said most people believe that "some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to re
. this was uncovered by us first and suzanne kennedy is live with the latest. >> the mayor is 5 days out from this election and virtually the only issue that he was questioning this morning was whether his campaign paid people for their some people claim they were promised jobs paying $100 per day if they voted for the matter. voters cast their ballot but the jobs and money never materialized. workers at campaign headquarters yesterday said they had gotten many calls complaining about this. they said there were no jobs to offer. here is what the mayor had to say that . >> [no audio] >> he had to say that there were not specific details about it and in regard to who was the campaign worker came toward and asked -- and gave them that information that he would deal with it. he says training is given to their employees. the mayor said this is absolutely a practice that is not accepted and illegal. as for the vincent gray campaign, they said this is a widespread practice and they are calling for an fbi investigation. >>> we will continue to follow that story throughout the day. in other news, two
it was the mailbox. then my squirrel. and now, this. so i used my points to make a donation to get the park down the street built. when it finally opened, i also used my points for... car repair. [ male announcer ] use your citi thankyou points for almost anything, even local charities. what's your story? citi can help you write it. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >>> freed american hiker sarah shourd says she will not rest until her fiance and another friend are freed from meridian jail. she was scheduled to undergo medical tests today to determine if she has cancer. iran's prosecutor said her fiance and their friend will be tried for spying. >>> a burial mix up at arlington national cemetery. the army has found three bodies buried in the wrong gravess. -- in the wrong graves. some families have demanded that arlington check on their relatives' graves sites. today, a fourth grave was reopened. >>> the mother of pop superstar michael jackson is suing the concert promoter involved in his comeback tore for fraud, saying that he failed to provide a doctor who would
hour before a dramatic capture. >>> and good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us. tea party followers are celebrating a number of major victories this morning. >> candidates backed by that movement dealt a blow to candidates backed by the republican establishment. and the last big primary day before november. in delaware, the tea party-backed christine o'donnell, beat long-time congressman mike castle, who had a lock on the senate race just weeks ago. >> in new york, carl paladino rushed his opponent for governor, rick lazio, who had the gop's backing. >> kelly ayotte, is in a neck and neck fight with ovide lamontagne. >> for details on these and other races, emily schmidt has been tracking the overnight numbers. >> reporter: good morning to you. usually, the day after the primary, we are talking about the matchups set between republicans and democrats. but this morning, it's a different story. it's a difference between the tea party surge and the republican establishment. last night, the tea party pulled off some huge surprises. one of the nation's smallest states is now ho
. >>> will he free the hikers? the president of iran arrives in the u.s. dogged by question the of the fate of the two hikers held in iran. >>> and the pets close down a major store on new york's fifth avenue. >>> good morning, thanks for being with us on this monday. we are following a developing story this morning, as hurricane igor brings high winds, heavy surf and pelting rain to bermuda. >> the monster storm dwarfs the tiny island as it passes well east of the carolinas. we know there are extensive power outages and schools and businesses will be closed there today. >> but it also could be much worse. abc's david kerley is there. >> reporter: rob and vinita, say hello to igor. this is it. gusts up to 85 mile an hour. the center of the storm about 40 miles west passing right by bermuda. it's a category 1 hurricane, but we are seeing the back side it. the dirty side, the northeast quadrant. it's the strongest part of the storm. they're used to storms here but this one is nearly a direct hit. >> it's spectacular but it's probably going to be hour feig. >> reporter: we were out earlier, it
in sherman circle. the u.s. backing off from his job at the flagship restaurant. the cheap -- the tree where he collapsed is adorned with candles and photos, memento of a life cut short. >> i think we will certainly feel a little safer. this was uncalled for and unnecessary. >> i do not know the reason why it happened. >> since the murder, the city has trimmed it lowered trees to increase visibility, replaced more street lights and posted signs to indicate the park is closed after dark. >> the suspect in this case, once again from 818-year-old eric forman. >> a virginia woman will be put to death just four hours from now. the governor and the supreme court have both refused to allow appeal. she is accused of murdering her husband instead sent to collect insurance money. >> emaar to neighborhood is still reeling from a town house fire that killed a mother and two of her five children. this happened yesterday. tonight, neighbors are talking about the mother's bravery in the midst of flames. dale is live on the scene with the latest. >> you were out here last night. you know what kind of neighb
call for secretary clinton. despite all the current fixation over israeli settlements, the u.s. side is saying the talks remain positive and that all the big issues are being discussed. but are not telling us how much sprg being made. vinita? >> we continue to hope for some resolution. simon mcgregor wood in jerusalem, thank you. >>> also from the middle east, american hiker sarah shourd is in oman this morning after her release from that prison in iran. shourd was met by her mother and american diplomats as she stepped off the plane. now the state department is challenging iran to release the two remaining hikers, josh fattal and shane bauer. >>> the u.s. troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. some of those troops are supposed to come home next summer. but is that realistic? martha raddatz visited the top u.s. commander in afghanistan in an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: general david petraeus has visited dozens of combat outposts in his two-plus months here. >> are you interdicting with ground forces? >> reporter: every visit confirms how tough it is to make progres
on a popular mexican vacation destination. sam will have it all for us. >>> let's get to the stunning election results. jon karl wraps them up from capitol hill. >> reporter: the big story is the staggering upset in delaware. republican leaders were calling christine o'donnell a complete fraud. now, she is the republican nominee for senate. she did it. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we, the people. >> reporter: riding a tea party wave, christine o'donnell pulled off the biggest upset of the year. decisively beating congressman mike castle, the only person republican leaders believe could have won joe biden's senate seat. >> the voters in the republican primary have spoken. and i respect that decision. >> reporter: castle was a moderate pro-abortion rights, pro-gun control republican. o'donnell called him too liberal. and has one big-name republican backing her up. >> hi. this is governmenter sarah palin. vote for christine o'donnell on tuesday. >> reporter: listen to what the state party chairman told me just a few days ago. >> i have no doubt whatsoever, that if she were, by some mi
show of the year. >>> good morning, and thanks for being with us on this monday. well, it is the announcement that an american family has waited for more than a year to hear and it's the announcement that could come at anytime. >> sarah shourd, the american held in iran is expected to be leased. >> abc's lara setrakian is following the story. >> reporter: good morning. as you said, sarah shourd could be freed anytime. and she's up for bail. she's been in solitary confinement for more than a year. her family tells us she's in ill health with a possibly precancerous condition and has had no access to medical care. she has had some contact with the other detainees, the two other americans in prison today. they were arrested after allegedly rossing the iraq border. only now are we hearing about a coming trial and a possible sentence up to ten years behind bars. their lawyer in tehran has told me he's actually optimistic about the case going to trial. the only way to get the case resolved is to get the three americans back safe at home. >> sarah shourd was, of course, to be
execution. >> happy friday. >> thank you so much for joining us at this early hour. as the gamut traffic and weather every 10 minutes. let's start with the. it is finally friday. >> today will be our 6690 degree day of the year. the record is 66 -- 66 90 degrees day of the year. the record is 67 bur. . spear, 69 degrees. 68 degrees in strasbourg, virginia. the record high at reagan national is 94 degrees. at dulles, the record is 92 degrees. it'll be a hot one. then we will call back down. we will talk about the weekend forecast coming up. >> there is a long commute this morning. some of the worst accidents we have ever had in the 19 years i have been doing this have been in fog. be so careful. visibility is poor. they still have roadwork happening. 66 degrees outside the beltway. it is eastbound at rte. 7. you are going to find not much happening right now. here are going to and from the american legion official. to come when traffic ends. >> we have breaking news. a police pursuit and in a hail of gunfire. this happened around 330 this morning. authorities say police chased to carjacki
on immigrant farm labor, he used humor to get the nation goes the attention. >> i don't want a tomato picked by a mexican. i wanted picked by an american, sliced by guatemalans, and served by as venezuelan in a spot where a chilean gives me a brazilian. >> as part of the united from workers take our jobs campaign. only seven actually took them. >> we have ignored it too long. it is time to face this issue mano a what ever the spanish word for hamano is. >> it was his intent to mock the process. >> he tried to stop the testimony completely. >> i am not asking you not to talk. i'm asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> while many were amused? >> his message got through to the people that would to an end to see him. congress is already kind of a circus. i don't think it really changes it too much. >> others wonder if a more serious tone of brought a better tone. >> he had a few serious moments. he explained the reason why he is taking this issue. he says he believes that migrant farm workers are suffering and have no rights. >>> if you thought to
increasingly uncomfortable. >> it is. very uncomfortable. but a lot of us are uncomfortable about some breaking news overnight. the scary and alarming story out of california. 14 people missing who police believe are part of a cult. all that they left behind was a bag holding their cell phones, deeds to their property and letters indicating they were eagerly awaiting the end of the world. police, of course, are taking the matter very seriously and put out an alert fearing they may do harm to themselves. there are special fears for the eight children that are with them. so we'll have more. >> one is 3 years old. >>> the other story we have coming up, you know this being from texas, they love football in texas. it's a way of life down there. now, one town is mourning a star high school quarterback. he had just thrown a touchdown pass when he collapsed and died on friday night. this is just the latest tragedy surrounding high school sports and now there is a new push for mandatory heart screenings before they play sports. we'll get into that debate and tell you what you can do to keep your child s
as a d.c. police officer used excessive force when he shot and killed a dog. the dog began fighting yesterday during a street festival in adams morgan. the officer tried to separate them and one dog charged that the crowd. the officer is an experienced canine handler and shot the dog only as a last resort. police are reviewing the incident. >>> investigators are searching for the persons who are in the houses of two police officers in calvert county. if the house of a maryland state trooper was shot at friday night and saturday morning someone fired at a st. mary's county deputy's house and vehicles. >>> northbound on the 14th street bridge there's a new traffic pattern that went into effect minutes ago. the left shoulder is closed for the entire lenton of the 14th street bridge. all four lanes are being routed to the left of the construction. the left exit lane to the memorial bridge allows drivers to exit prior to the work zone. >>> congress goes back to work today. taxes are expected to dominate the agenda. lawmakers fight over whether to extend the bush tax cuts before they expi
in adams morgan. sources tell us that the officer involved was an experienced dog handler. he saw two dogs fighting and tried to separate them. if the officer shot the dog after it charged the crowd. >> i heard a pop when i was walking up the street. i was hoping it was a firecracker or something not serious, but it ended up being more serious. >> police will review the shooting incident. >>> investigators are searching for the person or people who fired at two homes of two police officers in calvert county. a maryland state troopers house was shot dead friday night. saturday morning someone fired into a st. mary's county deputies house and vehicle. >>> we have a traffic alert for commuters driving northbound on the 14th street bridge. there's a new traffic pattern that took effect an hour ago. the left shoulder is closed for the entire lentz of the 14th street bridge. all four lanes are being routed to the right of construction. the left exit lane, memorial bridge, allows drivers to exit before the work zone. >>> congress gets back to work after an august recess and taxes are expected to
. republicans need to pick up 39 seats to take back control of the house. if they do that and use this agenda as their governing map, the result could be two years of partisan gridlock. democrats showed no indication of cooperating on this gop to-do list and the white house dismissed it as more of the same failed policies. >> if it sounds familiar, it's because it's the same litany or catalog of failed policies that got us into this mess. >> reporter: standing in a suburban hardware store without jackets and ties the republican leaders said they are tuned in to the concerns of voters. >> there is nothing more inspiring than the common voice of the common man. >> reporter: republicans hope that message reaches the tea party activists who have shown so much strength at the grassroots level and just might be the key to a republican takeover. >>> georgia's senator saxby chambliss now admits a derogatory slur left on an internet discussion over gay rights apparently came from his office. the comment was posted on a blog discussing gay rights by a user identified as jimmy. the blog's readers were a
this morning. courtney robinson brings us the latest. >> it was a series of crimes that led them -- led the police to cousy's -- southeast washington and lead to a shoot out. >> it was crazy and i was asleep and i heard about 20 gunshot. >> prince george's county officers say at 2:30 this morning a man robbed someone on kenilworth avenue and 45 minutes later, they got a call about a carjacking. officers responded and got into a high-speed chase with two men in this car. the car had maryland tax. >> the suspect lost control of their vehicle during their pursuit. they bailed out of the suspect vehicle and they exchanged gunfire with uniformed prince george's county police officers. >> police offices also responded to shots off minnesota avenue and arrested one man and a couple of hours later arrested another. they found a handgun and they believe one of the suspects pounded them when they started shooting, they stopped a couple of men and they started all over again ban on no one was injured but officers closed down minnesota avenue to investigate. >> residents did not expect to wake up t
overnight expected to turn into a massive category 5 storm today. winds over 150 miles an hour. is the u.s. in the path? >>> parents plea. their teenager ran off with her boyfriend who she met online. now, they can't get her back. and now the custody battle for the 15-year-old girl. >>> and gaga's night. don't miss how kanye west and taylor swift finally made up. >>> we hope you had a good weekend. robin roberts is on assignment this morning. welcome back to elizabeth vargas. >> good to be here. >> what a weekend for sarah shourd and her family. late last week the irrangian government finally decided to release. in part her health, among other things, a lump in her breast. they're saying if her family comes up with $500,000. >> and the nightmare not ending because shourd and the other two hikers with her may face a trial. >> they would want her to come back after paying the bill for that. >>> also, on taxes over the weekend. the house republican leader john boehner own another weekend said he's considering but president obama is cutting taxes. >> what made him blink? did he in fact blink?
. >> comedian steven colbert of his you need brand of truth. what i am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important, complicated issue. i hope that my star power can fund this hearing all the way up to c-span. >> he spent the day picking vegetables as part of a campaign. it offers you a citizens to replace them reform workers. just seven people showed up for work. >> this brief experience gave me some small understanding of why so many -- sold you americans are clamoring to start a lover career as a migrant worker. >> he stayed in character as a blowhard news anchor. >> we need to all stop eating fruits and vegetables. he got serious when asked why he got -- why he chose to highlight this issue. >> the least powerful people might workers and they do not have any rights. >> some republicans blasted the appearance. " i think that he might the process -- i -- >> i think that process.d the >> his appearance was said to be appropriate and that the comedian could bring attention to an important political issue. >> he broke into homes wearing dress pants and a tie. police annou
. >>> there was a setback in efforts to free 33 miners in chile. one of the hammers on a drill used in the rescue mission became detached yesterday. the crews were drilling through rock when it happened. the drill was repaired and work continued. rescued in early november, six weeks sooner than first expected. >>> one lawmaker on capitol hill says hearings on a salmonella outbreak revealed a disturbing picture of egg production here in america. >> and the owner of an iowa egg farm did apologize to people who got sick from salmonella. t.j. winick has details. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. lawmakers in washington got few answers on wednesday. the owner of one farm refused to testify. another blamed an ingredient bought from a supplier for the outbreak. eggs from two iowa farms were linked to a massive salmonella outbreak this past summer. as many as 1,600 americans were sickened. 30-year-old sarah lewis. >> they thought they were going to have to do emergency bowel surgery. >> reporter: and 77-year-old carol lobato. >> my doctors told me that i almost certainly would have died without aggressi
in the u.s. but is still expected to make 30 million bucks in this country alone. >> you have to also wonder there has been a ban in europe. they've already halted, you know, in terms of giving it to patients. you have to wonder if that affected some of the revenue because in europe they're saying it's not a good idea. >>> >>> ford has unveiled its newest air bag that is designed to reduce injuries caused by their deployment. the air bags are located in the steering wheel. they promise to reduce injuries like broken ribs. they're designed to pull away from the driver's chest while protecting both the head and the neck. the air bag will be featured in the new ford focus, which goes on sale early next week. >>> while saving many lives in accidents, of course air bags have had a long history of causing injuries. >> one concern in the past was the connection between air bags and children. for more now we go into the abc news vault from september the 6th, 1996. >> reporter: they are comforting images of safety in action. in slow motion pictures of crash tests the air bags appear to gently
ashley from kgo in san francisco. >> if you are just joining us live, you are joining our continuing coverage. i'm carolyn johnson with dan ashley. we've been covering this explosion in san bruno. since it happened just after 6:15 this evening. and here you see on the scene what it's been like for firefighters, for neighborhoods, for people in this area. it's just a massive ball of fire has impacted their neighborhood. >> and the heat. everyone talks about the heat that literally forced the flames forward and caught other structures on fire. this is if you look right behind you as we pan out. there you can see the main on fire right behind that house. one of theÑi first houses to go. and the photographer who shot this said by the time he left, that house you are looking at was completely gone. the pink house next to it was already burning and mostly gone. >> here's another vantage point from sky 7 hd. you can see this massive fireball in this neighborhood. this main that blew up was at glenview and earl and these are the surrounding homes. what's left of them. and this was just abou
with us on this friday morning. we begin, now, with the first woman executed here in the u.s. in five years. she's been put to death in virginia. >> theresa lewis' case gained international attention, not just because of her gender. but supporters argue that she was not smart enough to carry out the crimes. here's brad wheelis. >> reporter: theresa lewis became the first woman executed in virginia in almost 50 years. lewis was sentenced to detd in 2003, for hiring two killers who shot her husband and her stepson. according to prosecutors, the two were lured into lewis' scheme by sex and money. the money was to promise to split the son's and husband's life insurance with him. lewis confessed to the plot. >> i just wish i could take it back. >> reporter: according to a witness of the execution, these were her last words. >> she said, i want kathy to know that i love you. and i'm very sorry. >> reporter: the two men she conspired with to commit the killings were sentenced to life imprisonment. one killed himself in prison in 2006. lewis' case drew a lot of attention because she was not t
and they told you you can't? >> they told us we can't. there's a change in the bound y boundari boundaries, more houses. >> reporter: behind me here is where homeowners have been lining to find out when we can go in. we'll be allowed to go in soon. but the owners of at least 83 homes damaged or destroyed in this fire ball still have no idea when they'll be able to get inside and find out if they have anything left. dan? >> incredibly frustrating for those people, i sure. neal karlinsky tonight. >>> and in colorado, hundreds of evacuees were allowed to return to their homes in an area near bould their was hit by wild fires. 169 homes were destroyed. now investigators are looking into whether a fire pit sparked this blaze, which could mean criminal charges are possible. the fire is now more than 70% contained. >>> congress goes back into session tomorrow, and issue number is is your taxes, mostly the bush tax cuts. the white house and republicans have been sparring over this issue, but today, a top republican seemed to open the door to a deal. here's david kerley. >> reporter: in a week duri
, and only one worker was involved. they are turning over information about the gift cards to the u.s. attorney's office. reporting live, richard reeve, abc7 news. >>> today, tea party supporters brought their message to washington. >> no more obama! >> they marched to the capital for their second annual 9/12 march. they wanted to make their message clear before the midterm election, advocating lower taxes. >>> and house minority leader john boehner says they also want to rein in spending. he said he would support president obama's plan to extend the tax cuts only for the middle-class and not the wealthy. >> i think that is bad policy. i do not think that is going to help our economy. we have got to cut spending. if we cut spending, we will help our economy. >> john boehner says he supports a rolling back government spending to the levels of 2008, which he says are 22% lower than the current rate. >>> we finally got some much- needed rain today, and meteorologist steve rudin has the answer about rain for the redskins game. >> for the upcoming football game this evening, the kickoff ju
. >> a virginia woman became the first female to be executed in the u.s. in five years. teresa lewis killed by lethal injection for arranging to have her husband and stepson killed. she apologized to her daughter and husband she killed. they are trying to figure out what fire started in manassas,. authorities say the wind helped the fire spread to neighboring homes. 11 people were displaced. part of wisconsin and minnesota are under a state of emergency as heavy rain continued to pound the region. several committees have been evacuated and rivers and creeks overflow. there is ready to get even more rain. >> the u.s. delegation walked out of the united nations after it iran's the made extreme allegations. >> president obama's speech advocated working in the middle east. >> an agreement is not reached, palestinians and never know what comes with their state. israel is a never know the certainty of security that comes as sovereign unstable neighbors. >> mr. obama said the door to of diplomacy remain open. it seems more likely to close after the president of the floor. >> mahmoud othman demijoh
close to winning. over time. -- overtime. and the game was a nail biter. horace holmes joins us with highlights. >> it should have gone to the redskins. it was one of those games that they will be talking about around the water cooler, those guys will, we will, at work tomorrow. a bittersweet feeling for fans after the redskins played so well, and then they ended up losing. it was a wild roller-coaster ride of the motions for redskins' -- of emotions for redskins' fans. it looked like they were heading for a 2-0 start. donovan mcnabb. his first touchdown as a redskin. >> i thought we had in may. i was, like, ok. we have got it again. >> and then one connected with kevin walters to cut the redskins' lead to 10 points. redskins fans everywhere began to get nervous. and then in motions began to take another turn. -- and then emotions began to take another turn. there was a block. >> pounding on the counter is. >> the redskins, a seven-point lead, and the game was tied going into overtime. in overtime, hearts were broken after a missed field goal attempt by the redskins. there was a
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